A new version of the “Birds for Words” iMessage sticker app is being released today and it includes one of my very first wildlife photos, an American Coot. I have always loved this photo even though it is rather unremarkable and not difficult to capture. Fittingly named as “Behind” it is included in version 1.5 of the application. Also included in this version are translations to Spanish, French, and Italian languages.
You can download your own copy of Birds for Words below. Just a reminder-it really does cost less than a cup of coffee!
Born from the desire to make better screenshots all the photography applications will get an enhanced AR experience on the next round of updates. The trio of apps will soon be able to save and share a snapshot of the augmented reality experience and return to viewing artwork in AR on the same screen. Users will be able to save the snapshot to Photos, other storage services, and social media. Now users can see what their own artwork looks like mounted on a wall and easily get an opinion from others.
Also included in this update will be a larger range of image sizes with a maximum of 1 meter (about 36″) sized artwork. Planned for an update later this Summer the apps will also have the capability to free stand on table and counter tops.
You can download all of the apps at the links below.
Things have changed a lot in the last few years. Every once in a while I happen to see a network or cable news story and the first thing that always comes to mind is “I wonder if that is true?”. It is a scathing indictment of those who hold themselves with such high regard but it appears that facts have become a casualty in the “news” wars. The reality is your local grocery store clerk probably stands on higher moral ground than any traditional news program. Fortunately there are plenty of other outlets to view, most of them internet based. The truth is out there but you have to work to find it. Millions of people across the globe have turned off traditional media in favor of alternatives. The emerging market of delivering information through alternative media takes many shapes and methods but almost always is more convenient and will often drill down to the whole truth. I find it interesting to see the titans of media struggle with the Internets unveiling of the man behind the curtain at the network “news”. Perhaps the titans goal should be to deliver information rather than pointing us in the “right” direction they might have more loyal and engaged viewers.
But finding the truth is time-consuming. Sorting through all the fluff and debris takes a long time and as the information age becomes even more vast I find myself spending many hours searching for the information I need. just like the search for truth the ongoing education in photography can also be a long affair. My time has become very valuable to me and that brings me to the whole point of this post.
I like to say-“to become accomplished at something you actually have to do it.” Not the best of grammar I am sure but I think you get the point. Photography has become a very successful niche in the internet. In fact it is the only creditable outlet for photography related content. There are tons of resources for us to consume. Point yourself in any direction you want and gobble up all the tutorials, images, forums, conversations, and advertisements you can. A lifetimes worth last I checked. One other thing about the internet, it tends to be an indoor activity and that can get in the way of becoming accomplished. Like many things, profession or hobby, photography is constantly changing and it should be viewed as a continuing education just to keep up. Internet media is essential for that, but it is easy to get caught up in all that and neglect going out and practicing. It was not that long ago that I was consuming information as fast as possible then I decided to prioritize my life. I realized that my time is very important, nay extremely valuable, to me and in the end I could only allocate about 3 hours of audio related to photography and no video per week. If I had extra time perhaps I could do more but by the numbers there was no more time. I stick to that schedule, don’t get me wrong, there are times when I get to sit down and watch a video podcast or the such just not on a regular basis, and I have my “in rotation” favorites. They are the most valuable shows to me and I always listen to them but it is only a few hours a week, and that is my truth. It is carefully selected and it works for me.
So my advice for the day, consider your time very valuable, make sure you make plenty of time to “do” rather than “view”, and choose what works not what others try to sell you.
Thanks so much for reading. July was the best month ever for the blog and I appreciate all of you stopping by to read what I am doing.–Ron